Review | Modernized Geneva Bible

For the longest time, I have been wanting to get a copy of the historic 1599 Geneva Bible. However, the copies available online retains the archaic language of the original and are ridiculously expensive. Not only will it be unreadable for a modern reader like me, but it will also just collect dusts on my shelf. This new edition of the Geneva Bible is a wonderful alternative and pretty much solves my dilemma.

The Modernized Geneva Bible from Canon Press is not a facsimile or reprint of the 1599 Geneva Bible. As its name indicates, this edition contains a modernized version of the 1599 text. The words and syntax were updated to their modern English equivalent without removing any single verse. The result was incredible. They produced an accessible and readable edition of the Geneva Bible to today’s modern readers.

Canon Press’ Modernized Geneva Bible (MGB) is currently available in a multi-volume New Testament set, with plans to release the Old Testament volumes in the future. I absolutely love this set! It was tailored and designed not only to be readable but also to be portable. The 27 books of the New Testament were divided into 13 thin paperbacks and then housed in a beautifully designed cloth-over-board slipcase which really looks gorgeous on the shelf! Each paperback measures only 8.5” x 5.5” and about a quarter-inch thick. At this portable size, you can conveniently carry any book of the New Testament with you.

The MGB was designed as a reader’s Bible. This means that the layout and typesetting were arranged in a way that the Scripture text can be read seamlessly. However, unlike most reader’s Bibles available in the market today, the MGB retains chapter and verse markings to allow readers to keep track of Bible reading plans or sermon references. I believe that this is a very good decision. The chapter and verse numbers printed herein do not greatly affect the overall reading experience. Also, with the readers format, all possible extras and add-ons that you can usually find in modern Bibles today were removed. You will not find any translation notes, cross-references, illustrations, graphs, or maps here. Even the study notes and annotations found in the original 1599 Geneva Bible are not included here. Just the pure Word of God presented as plainly as possible. On the other hand, it includes lined-pages for notes at the end of each volume and two New Testament reading plans.

As intended, the text is easy and seamless to read. It is set in a single-column paragraph format. I do not have the exact information regarding the font size and typeface used, but the publisher made an excellent choice. The text is probably set at around 9.5-point, and it is very pleasant to the eyes. The multi-volume format of this Bible allowed the publisher to print the Scripture text in a bigger font and well-spaced setting with very spacious margins.

The Scripture is printed on a nice cream paper like the ones usually used on trade paperback books. It is highly opaque with zero ghosting and very suitable for writings and notes. It has a nice texture, easy to turn, and does not glare under a direct light. The pages are perfect bound and they open without much struggle.

Final thoughts

Canon Press’ Modernized Geneva Bible is absolutely impressive! I really like how they tailored these New Testament volumes in a way that readers can unreservedly consume it, so to speak. It is designed to be read, written in, and be re-read again. With this format, you can also easily distribute copies conveniently if you intend to have a group study. This set is an excellent choice if you want a readable copy of the Geneva Bible, and above all, dive deep into the beauty of God’s Word. I am very much looking forward to the Old Testament set!


Disclosure: A review copy of the Modernized Geneva Bible was provided for review by Canon Press, from whom you may purchase a copy. For more information regarding this Bible, visit https://modernizedgenevabible.com/

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